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Perfect Vision: SPY Happy Lens

SPY Happy Lens
Long days around town or on the trail require a good pair of sunglasses – it’s a simple fact that many of us neglect. The longest day of the year is officially in the books, and we’ve got plenty more sunny summer days to look forward to, so it’s time to upgrade from your old, scratched up wayfarers and start to really see how summer is meant to be enjoyed: from behind a polarized lens. We decided to check out the new Happy Lens technology from SPY to see just what we’ve been missing.

A simple polarized lens reduces glare from natural reflection, especially on open water. The Happy Lens coating takes it a step further, by blocking certain wavelengths of both UV and shortwave blue light, decreasing eye fatigue. Other, longer blue wavelengths are enhanced, increasing contrast and sharpness, and (SPY claims) even enhancing your mood and helping your natural circadian rhythm when you’re out in the sun.

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We were naturally a little skeptical of this last claim, so we put a pair of the Frazier Sunglasses ($145+) to the test on a recent fly fishing trip on the rivers of Southern Utah. The verdict? While we can’t say if it was the lens treatment or not, the Fraziers had a permanent grin plastered on our faces as we hooked big trout all day and enjoyed a few cold local beers on our downtime. The polarized coating and blue spectra mirror finish allows for perfect vision both on and off the water. The sleek fit often had us forgetting we were wearing sunglasses, and garnered more than a few envious stares from other anglers.

The Happy Lens comes standard on a few dozen new and old styles, so no matter your summer activity, SPY’s got you covered. The other standout in the collection are definitely the all new Fold ($140+). Pro Surfer John John Florence helped design double pivoting arms, and a hinge in the middle allow the Fold to do just that – it packs neatly into a miniscule case and easily fits in the pocket or your board shorts, or front pocket of your favorite suit.

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Backpack capacity is best determined by the size of the person who will be wearing it, but there are variation based on personal preference and habits. A middle school student who likes to carry their all books to and from school every day will need a larger backpack than a student who rarely brings books home. Student athletes may want a gigantic bag to carry sports clothing and gear, though in that case a second bag is often an option. One factor regarding size is specific to electronics, considered separately just below. Commuters will want to consider how much weight and bulk they want to carry on a daily basis.
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Computers, Chromebooks, tablets, and other electronics are expensive. Even though most devices can take moderately rough handling, the best solution when choosing a backpack is to pick one with a padded protected area that fits the device. Most laptops will fit in a sleeve designed for the most common 15.6-inch display size, but a few are larger, so be sure to account for screen size (measured diagonally). Because many tech-focused people and some students carry more than one device, there are also backpacks with multiple protected sections. Two additional handy electronics-focused features to look for are an opening for a USB charging port and an easily-accessed zippered compartment for adapters, cables, mice, and other small accessories.
Backpacks are constructed of a variety of materials, including nylon, polyester, canvas, cotton fabric, leather, and more. If you're choosing a backpack for a student, keep in mind the material will need to withstand rough treatment and often be put or stored in areas where they will pick up dirt.
Backpacks often have a variety of handles and extra straps, but padded shoulder straps that don't dig in when the backpack is loaded with books can add a lot to its comfort.
Water Resistance
None of the cheap backpacks below are waterproof, but some are constructed of water-resistant material. If anyone will be wearing or carrying the pack in the rain, at least minimal water resistance is a good thing.
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